Bella Santorum to leave hospital
April 9th, 2012
12:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Bella Santorum to leave hospital

(CNN) – Rick Santorum's daughter Bella is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday, spokesperson Hogan Gidley confirmed to CNN.

The presidential candidate's daughter was taken to the hospital last week. Santorum postponed his campaign events Monday to be with his three-year-old daughter, who suffers from Trisomy 18, a chromosomal condition.

Read more about Trisomy 18 here.

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Santourm and his wife Karen have seven children.

"We appreciate the outpouring of support and prayers," Gidley told CNN. "The prayers worked, she's doing much better, so we're thankful for that. It puts things in perspective."

Trisomy 18 is caused by extra material from chromosome 18, and is three times more common in girls than boys. Half of patients born with the condition do not survive past the first week of life, according to the National Institutes of Health. Patients who do survive past the first week experience serious medical and developmental problems.

– CNN's Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    Although I do not support him.................I am very happy for him and his family...............you can tell that 'Daddy's little girl' loves her Daddy and is happy to be in his arms......................so precious.

    April 9, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Continuing prayers for this little warrior.

    April 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. sassysticks53

    I'm not a Santorum supporter; however, my heart goes out to him, his wife, their family and their little girl Bella. I have a child who is special; she's 25 years old now. It was difficult raising her and I had to have a lot of help and support. I wish Bella and the Santorums the very best.

    April 9, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. sassysticks53

    I'm not a supporter of Mr. Santorum; however, I wish him, his wife, their family and their little girl Bella the very best. It is very difficult raising a sick child and/or child with special needs, as I had to do. I understand what they are going through.

    April 9, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Celeste

    He should quit the race and go home! She goes to the hospital when he is in a dog race. He is looking for a Sympathy vote. He got it last time. This is a bigger picture. His wife needs him more than the United States does. I willing to make the Sacrifice for the good of the family. Just go home!

    April 9, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Bill

    I wish them all the best.

    April 9, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    That's a beautiful picture...I hope she gets stronger.

    April 9, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. sgompers

    I know if I had a child as ill as Bella, I would want to spend as much time with her that I could instead of embarking on an ego fueled failed campaign for president. This is not a judgement, merely an observation. God bless little Bella.

    April 9, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Sandy

    Not a Santorum fan, but what a cutie! I hope she will be ok.

    April 9, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    If he doesn't have this photo on his desk, someone from his staff should frame it for him and give it to him as a gift. It truly is a keeper.

    April 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. BK

    No thanks given to the doctors? Without the doctors, this child would have been dead long ago regardless of how hard you prayed.

    April 9, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    I think the Almighty is sending you a message Rick..it's time to leave the trail and be with what is MOST improtant.

    April 9, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. lili

    Glad your daughter is doing better. You should go home and take care of her.

    April 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Peace

    Why some people seem not to have a heart at all??? Mocking Santorum because of his sick daughter is totally insane. Can't you behave like human beings????

    April 9, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |